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    THE CURE: Recording Wild Mood Swings

    Interview | Band

    Bored with ordinary commercial studios, The Cure decided to cut loose for their latest album, and set up their latest recording facility in a Tudor house in the country. Nigel Humberstone visited the band on location to discuss the technology that made the move into the country possible, and the group's working methods.

    People Jun 1996
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    Klaus Schulze: Digital To Analogue Conversion

    German Philosophy

    The Godfather of German electronic music, Klaus Schulze favoured an all-digital approach to recording the '80s. The last few years, however, have seen a radical revision of his former philosophy. Paul Tingen meets the man for whom old working habits die hard...

    People Feb 1996
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    Elliot Scheiner: Van Morrison & Dominos

    Interview | Engineer

    Behind every musical milestone there's a pioneering engineer. In the first of an occasional series, Richard Buskin looks at classic recordings from a technical angle. This month, former Van Morrison engineer Elliot Scheiner talks about the 1970s sessions which produced the 'Domino' effect...

    People Feb 1996
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    Aquabats: Chaotic Recording

    Interview | Band

    Aquabats are an unconventional trio dedicated to the creation and recording of unconventional improvised music — using unconventional and often improvised instruments — which they call Earth Music. Tim Turan tells the story.

    People Dec 1995
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    The Story Of The Beatles' Anthology Project

    Exploration

    After years of rumours and myth, the fruits of the Beatles' reunion for small screen and recording projects can now be experienced by mere mortals. For the past 18 months, Mark Cunningham has been keeping his ear to the ground, and can now reveal the fascinating details surrounding the Fab Four's Second Coming'...

    People Dec 1995
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    Rick Wakeman: Cirque Surreal

    Interview | Artist

    For his latest musical project, Rick Wakeman chose to work with a travelling state circus. Jonathan Miller discusses the keyboard virtuoso's clowning glory, and delves into the man's 27-year recording career.

    People Nov 1995
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    Bill Nelson: Guitar Boy In Wonderland

    Interview | Artist

    If anyone epitomises the home recording DIY ethic, it's Bill Nelson. With over 40 albums to his credit, many of which emanated from his modest home studio, Bill continues to experiment. Nigel Humberstone explores his latest guitar-based creations.

    People Oct 1995
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    At Home With... Rick Cordes

    Interview | SOS Reader

    It's clear from our readers' survey that while you like to read about those on the professional side of the recording industry, you'd also like to hear more from fellow mortals! In the first of this occasional series, Paul White talks to Rick Cordes, an SOS reader who's built himself a very tidy basement studio...

    People Sep 1995
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    Mark Thomas: Composing & Recording For Film And TV

    Interview | Composer

    Mark Thomas finds himself very much in demand writing and recording music for film, television and library albums. Much of the music involves orchestral instruments, and even 70-piece orchestras, but as Mark explained to Paul white, the bulk of the work can still be carried out in a home studio.

    People May 1995
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    Simon Dawson: Recording The Stone Roses' Second Coming

    Interview | Producer

    The Stone Roses seemed fit for world domination at the end of the '80s, but after releasing a successful debut album, they disappeared for nearly six years. Matt Bell talks to the producer of their new album, Simon Dawson, about his approach to recording the all-important follow-up.

    People May 1995
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    The Beatles Live At The Beeb: Raiders Of The Lost Archive

    Interview | Producer/Engineer

    Down in the BBC vaults, we were told, they had stumbled upon a golden tape containing long lost recordings of The Beatles' radio performances. Richard Buskin spoke to the BBC Radio producer Kevin Howlett and Abbey Road Studios engineer Peter Mew to discover the truth behind the hype.

    People Mar 1995
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    Jon Anderson: Change We Must CD cover

    Jon Anderson: Recording Change We Must

    Classical Orchestrations

    Jon Anderson discusses the recording of the Yes singer's forthcoming solo album, an intriguing mix of old and new material presented in a classical style, plus his latest venture with Yes.

    People Oct 1994
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    Daniel Lanois: For The Beauty Of Wynona, Vintage Gear

    Interview | Producer/Artist

    Daniel Lanois has followed up a career producing acclaimed recordings for the likes of U2 and Peter Gabriel with two solo albums which have earned him equal respect as an artist in his own right. Paul Tingen talked to him about the changing directions in his own music.

    People Sep 1994
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    Stephen Street: Recording Blur & The Cranberries

    Producer

    With a track record that includes hit albums for the Smiths and current chart success with both Blur and the Cranberries, producer Stephen Street is making himself quite a name for his honest and straightforward production approach.

    People Jul 1994
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    The Grid: Evolver

    Richard Norris & Dave Ball

    Take some Cajun banjo, an Italian opera singer, and a dash of Robert Fripp. Mix these diverse elements liberally with electronic dance music, and serve as the third album from the Grid, Evolver. Nigel Humberstone talks to the hi-tech duo on the making of this album, and their forthcoming classical project.

    People Jul 1994
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    Beverley Craven: MOR & Love Scenes

    Crafting Ballads

    The first album from this chart-topping pianist and chanteuse was a million-seller; her second looks set to continue the trend. Ian Gilby was invited into the Craven home studio to discuss the enduring appeal of MOR.

    People May 1994
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    Suzanne Ciani with ARP and Buchla synthesizers.

    Suzanne Ciani: Dream Suite

    Pushing The Electronic Music Envelope

    Headlining the biggest electronic music festival in Europe was a US composer almost unknown in the UK. A contemporary of synth pioneer Don Buchla, Suzanne Ciani enjoys enourmous success in America, yet such recognition has eluded her so far this side of the Atlantic.

    People May 1994
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    Chris Rea & Stuart Epps: Recording Espresso Logic

    Interview | Artist/Engineer

    Chris Rea and engineer Stuart Epps talk to Mark Cunningham about the making of Espresso Logic, life at The Mill studios and their approach to recording Rea's work.

    People Apr 1994
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    John Dyson: Different Values

    Interview | Artist

    John Dyson is one of the UK's most popular electronic music composers, yet he works with recording equipment that is more state of the ark than state of the art, and his northern pragmatism won't let him give up his day job. Paul White met him at his home studio.

    People Apr 1994
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    Robbie Adams: Recording U2's Achtung Baby & Zooropa

    Interview | Engineer

    Young Irish engineer Robbie Adams played an important part in the recording of U2's popular and critically-acclaimed albums Achtung Baby and Zooropa. Here he gives Paul Tingen a fascinating insight into the exciting and unorthodox recording methods they used.

    People Mar 1994
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    Toyah Wilcox: Leap

    Interview | Artist

    Toyah's first pop album for several years, Leap, was recorded not in an expensive commercial studio, but in the type of home recording environment with which many SOS readers will be intimately familiar, as Paul White discovers.

    People Jan 1994

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